In this time of uncertainty and many members of our community having to self-isolate this is the perfect opportunity for Rotary in Maidenhead to do what it does best, helping those in our local community who might need a little extra support during difficult times. With this in mind we are formulating a community response team.
If you are concerned about going out and are self-isolating or in quarantine due to Coronavirus, Rotary in Maidenhead have a small number of volunteers who can run errands for you such as doing your shopping, collecting medications, posting letters and help walking your dog. We can even try to brighten your day just a bit by giving you a friendly call to help pass the time.
Lisa Hunter, project coordinator and member of Maidenhead Bridge Rotary, commented "Our worry is that people are being told to self-isolate for two weeks and at the end of that we find out that they haven't had any food to eat or friendly support. We want to make sure everybody has got somebody to keep them supplied."
If you have a need for help, or know of someone who does, please get in touch today (subject to availability)
by clicking here.
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
It is times like this when communities need to come together to support each other. Therefore, we are looking for volunteers to join our team to help run errands for people who are in self-isolation or don’t want to risk going out.
You will be paired with another volunteer and given the latest advice to ensure your safety. If you would like to help please complete the form by clicking here.
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The Rotary Club of Maidenhead Bridge invited town residents to pick up some health tips and information alongside their shopping this weekend. Over 100 people took us up on our offer, receiving blood pressure checks, cholesterol checks, diabetes checks as well as advice on exercise, healthy eating and mental health.
We took over a unit in the Nicholson Shopping Centre from 10.30am to offer advice and information on getting fit, eating healthily, the effects of high cholesterol and how to manage it, diabetes, and the risks of high blood pressure – all completely free of charge with no obligations.
Neil Gow, event organiser, commented “After having their blood pressure checked 23 people, an increase on last year, were advised to visit their GP within a month and one was advised to visit their GP the next day! This proves that these events really do potentially reduce ill-health and save lives.”
The event also offered free cholesterol checks and blood sugar tests; the team gave advice on how to lower cholesterol levels and avoid contracting diabetes, which is an increasing healthcare concern. 86 people had their cholesterol levels checked with 50% of them being told to get further tests and advice from their GP due to higher than normal readings. An additional 3 people were told to seek advice about the potential risk of diabetes after our blood glucose tests.
In addition volunteers from Sport in Mind, a mental health charity that uses sport and exercise to help aid the recovery of people experiencing mental health problems, spoke to people about mental well-being, tips on reliving stress and anxiety and signposted visitors to organisations that can provide additional support.
Another popular feature of the event was an onsite consultation on good posture from The Berkshire Health Clinic. The team not only gave advice to the public, but they were also on hand giving massages to people as they waited to be seen by the clinical team.
Adam Hunter, assistant event organiser commented “This event is so important to the local community. Providing a confidential, free, drop-in service whilst people go about their shopping. One way our club and the Rotarians in it are making a difference.”
The club are hoping to organise another health screening day on 12th September so watch out for more updates!
Fit for February is just one of the many local community based activities carried out by the Rotary Club of Maidenhead Bridge, alongside a free Easter family fun day in Grenfell Park and a close working relationship with FoodShare helping to feed the hungry in Maidenhead and the immediate area.
Remember, if you're not a member of the club yet, then we’d also like to extend an invite to you and your friends to join us at one of our fun upcoming meetups to find out more about what we do and how you can get involved. Remember we’re a very relaxed, flexible and friendly club so you don’t have to commit huge amounts of time to get involved. It’s a great way to meet new people, try out new activities and give something back to the local community. Check out the list of upcoming events on the back page of the newsletter, if you’d like to join us get in touch today.
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It was a race to the finish line at the annual Reindeer Race in the Nicholsons Centre on Saturday.
Organised by Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club for the seventh year running, the festive, fun-filled event pulled in the crowds to watch competitors wind toy reindeer and sleighs across the finish line.
Races lasted approximately 5 minutes each and brought lots of laughter and festive fun to the masses. Shoppers also got to meet Bruno, the mascot from the charity Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, where all money raised at the event will be donated.
James Berkeley, Rotarian and event organiser, commented, “The dog mascots definitely help to pull in the crowds and to see the joy on children’s faces as they rush to give them a hug is priceless. Thank you to the generosity of shoppers the day raised over £150 for the charity, which we are thrilled about”.
If you’d like more information about Maidenhead Bridge Rotary please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lisa on 07876 341334. Find out more about the club at www.maidenheadbridgerotary.org.uk
A team of 13 took on a DIY SOS challenge on Sunday in support of The Britwell Youth Project. Donning protective eyewear, some wearing the ever fashionable boiler suit or lab coat, club members set off for Slough after their club meeting to pick up a paint brush and bring about change to this fantastic community project.
The Britwell Youth Project is based at the heart of the Britwell Estate in Slough, an area of significant deprivation. It is a youth project providing services for up to 400 young people per week. The centre offers services and projects to young people and these have included in recent years (dependent on funding availability):
The centre gets little to no funding at all and are just about covering costs to deliver the above aims and objectives. Our challenge was to make the building look nicer for all the users and to carry out some general maintenance tasks that sadly they can’t afford to do themselves. This included:
The team had lots of fun, helped by the yummy homemade chocolate cake brought along by club member Sarah! It was a big job to do, but in the 6 hours the team were there it was completed successfully and what a difference it made…instantly making the whole place seem brighter and much more welcoming.
But it doesn’t stop there, Rotarians are returning in two weeks to tackle the outside container, where the centre hosts cycle workshops, giving it a brand new coat of paint to protect if from the elements (very much needed given the wonderful British summer we’re experiencing of late!).
Club member and event organiser, Lisa Hunter, commented “We really enjoyed this DIY SOS challenge, it was so much fun and what’s great is we know it will be a massive help to the centre and is a practical way for us to contribute to the community an give up our time for good causes.”
Maidenhead Bridge Rotary would like to say a massive thank you to AkzoNobel Decorative Paints who very generously donated all the paint for the project, making it all possible!
Sound like fun?
If this project sounds like fun and you want to get involved in volunteering then get in touch with us today…
Another fantastic day in Burnham Park for the annual Donkey Derby. Yet again the weather was great and the park was full of stalls, food vendors, beer tent, the WI selling cakes, the Lions Train, a full set of fairground rides and stalls.
The highlight is always the Donkey Racing complete with tannoy commentary and the Tote taking the bets. There are 7 races throughout the afternoon and the riders are the girls from Windsor Horse Rangers. They really get into the spirit of the event although the last word as always belongs to the Donkeys. If they don’t want to run – they don’t. If they want the rider to get off - then they bounce them off, in fact one highlight this year (if you can call it that) was seeing a donkey half-run decide it was hungry... so it abruptly stopped, lent down and his rider did a roly-poly over its head and onto the grass! Not content with doing this once, it did it twice!
Our role on the day is not as energetic or liable to injury but it does require patience as the donkey's really do live up to their reputation of being rather stubborn!
We organise the kids Donkey Rides, always very popular, the queue doesn’t shorten all day. Lots of Mums and Dads wanting their tiny tots to get a great picture. 5 and 6 year olds who have been every year coming back once again!
Thanks to everyone who helped on the day. We will be back next year.
This year children enjoyed the many activities on offer including bouncing like bunnies on the inflatable slide, having their faces painted, playing skittles and trying their luck at the coconut shye. Of course the main attraction was hunting around the park following clues to answer the Easter-Themed quiz so they could be rewarded with chocolates.
This is the 7th year the club has run the event and it gets bigger and better each year, and this year was no different, proving to be a huge hit with local families and a great success, with more than 800 people joining in the fun, the most to ever attend.
Families sent time playing and enjoying the sunshine, whilst decorating bunny masks, seeing how many marbles they could get inside the flower pot under timed conditions and of course sampling the lovely ice cream and other food on offer.
For the first time we were joined by Eagle Claw Kung-Fu School who put on a superb demonstration with their Lions, as well as a Kung-Fu masterclass. This really brought everyone together and shoed the amazing skills of the children at the school.
Event Organiser Adam Hunter, commented “We have had a great day with excellent support from the local community. We’re thrilled with the number of people who came to enjoy this superb park in the centre of town, and join in the fun. Here’s to doing it all again next year!”
RI President-elect Barry Rassin’s theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration, asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other. “I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.”
Since Rotary was founded 113 years ago, its role in the world and in the lives of its members has been in a state of continuous evolution. In its earliest days, Rotary offered its members a way to find fellowship and friendship and to build connections within their communities. Soon after, service found a place in Rotary, and as our organization expanded, so did its influence. In time, Rotary’s service, supported by our Rotary Foundation, would change the lives of families and communities across the world. We formed partnerships and focused our service to increase our impact. We launched the world’s largest public-private health initiative, partnering with governments, international organizations, and countless local and regional health agencies to eradicate polio. More and more, our members came to us seeking not just friendship but a way to take action for good.
Rotary still is, and always will be, the organization Paul Harris envisioned: a place where people from every corner of the earth can come together to become something greater than themselves. Yet Rotary today offers something of singular and enduring value: the chance to be part of a global network of people who have the talent and the drive to change the world. We are men and women who believe in the power of community action to make a global impact — and together, we have the capacity and the resources to achieve almost anything.
Globally, Rotary is more relevant than ever before, and its potential for good is vast. Unfortunately, not enough people fully understand what Rotary is and does. Even within our clubs, many Rotarians don’t know enough about Rotary to take full advantage of what Rotary membership offers.
Rotary service transforms lives and communities. To achieve even more of that truly transformational service, we need to think differently about our role in Rotary, and Rotary’s role in the world. We need to put more emphasis on our public image, using social media to build our membership and attract the partners that can help us scale up our service. We need to focus on larger projects that have a more lasting impact, taking the time to research and plan work that spans Rotary years and terms of office. Most important of all, we need to Be the Inspiration for positive change, inspiring our clubs, our communities, and our organization to face today’s challenges head on, with courage, optimism, and creativity.
As Paul Harris put it, “Rotary is a microcosm of a world at peace, a model which nations will do well to follow.” To me, Rotary is not only a model but an inspiration. It shows us what is possible, inspires us to reach for it, and gives us a path to act — and to Be the Inspiration to our world.
The Rotary Foundation is the source of funding for our District and Global Grant Projects, providing clubs with funding for their local and global projects, just like our Nepal School project. All of this is only possible because we, as Rotarians, recognise the need to ensure that The Rotary Foundation has the resources required to fund these important activities.
The best way of funding of The Rotary Foundation is to become a Sustaining Member by signing up to make a personal donation.
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Sustaining members are crucial to the Foundation. If every club member contributes $100 every year, we could double our efforts to help needy people worldwide and support the continued growth of programmes.
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